As part of a multi-year effort to provide New Yorkers with free access to state-of-the-art computer and technology centers, Time Warner Cable officially will open one of its Learning Labs at Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation in Far Rockaway, Queens on November 19th at 11:30am. The lab features a network of 16 Dell PCs and MAC Air Pros for advanced programmers and designers. Time Warner Cable Business Class will increase the donation by powering the lab with complimentary high-speed Internet service.
Rockaway Development & Revitalization Corporation is a nonprofit organization that provides services to the local community with the mission of removing barriers to economic growth, creating jobs, attracting business and assisting community residents in overcoming the community’s severe geographic and social isolation. The Rockaways is an 11-mile long stretch of land isolated from other parts of the City and has limited accessibility via bus and subway. The community is still recovering and rebuilding following devastation from Super Storm Sandy.
“Rockaway Development and Revitalization plays an important role in the lives of many Far Rockaway residents that were deeply affected by Super Storm Sandy. Through this Learning Lab, Time Warner Cable is helping to provide state-of-the-art technologies needed in order to bridge the digital divide for local communities and allow for the community residents to succeed in this rapidly changing world,” said John Quigley, Regional Vice President of Operations for Time Warner Cable.
“We are excited by the opportunity to increase access to technology and technology - based training opportunities for local residents. Through our partnership with Time Warner Cable, we will be able to offer residents the opportunity to conduct job searches, complete applications on-line, take a virtual college tour, learn ways to better manage their money, or learn how to open or manage a business through our collaboration with the NYS Small Business Development Center,” said Kevin Alexander, President & CEO of Rockaway Development & Revitalization Corporation.
“I commend Time Warner Cable for being a vital neighborhood partner,” said Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway). “Most residents in our communities are still rebuilding from the devastation caused by Sandy more than a year ago. I want to thank Time Warner and the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation for not only helping our families recover, but enriching the lives of our residents with their generosity and providing learning labs for our communities to grow stronger and more resilient."
As part of its franchise renewal with the City of New York in 2011, Time Warner Cable has committed to have 40 Learning Labs open in New York City by 2020 to provide low income communities with free access to computers and high-speed Internet. Time Warner Cable’s total investment to equip these 40 facilities will exceed $2 million, plus additional in-kind funding from Time Warner Cable Business Class for complimentary Internet and video services. Non-profit partners, such as HeartShare Human Services of New York, oversee the labs’ daily operations and utilize their technologies to provide important instructional courses for local neighborhoods.
The Learning Lab at Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation in Far Rockaway, Queens is the 11th such facility to officially open in New York City. The other labs are located at Red Hook Initiative in Red Hook, Brooklyn, Good Shepherd Services in Park Slope, Brooklyn and Sunnyside Community Services in Sunnyside, Queens. Labs have also opened at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, HeartShare Human Services in Bay Ridge, Gerard Carter Community Center in Stapleton, Staten Island, as well as at the Chinese-American Planning Council in Manhattan’s Chinatown neighborhood. Harlem is presently home to three labs, including at the Police Athletic League Center, the James Weldon Johnson Community Center and the Ali Forney Center.
Time Warner Cable’s New York City service area includes Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, western Brooklyn, and Mt. Vernon, NY, as well as Bergen and Hudson counties in New Jersey.
About Time Warner Cable
Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) is among the largest providers of video, high-speed data and voice services in the United States, connecting more than 15 million customers to entertainment, information and each other. Time Warner Cable Business Class offers data, video and voice services to businesses of all sizes, cell tower backhaul services to wireless carriers and managed and outsourced information technology solutions and cloud services. Time Warner Cable Media, the advertising arm of Time Warner Cable, offers national, regional and local companies innovative advertising solutions. More information about the services of Time Warner Cable is available at twc.com, twcbc.com and twcmedia.com.
About Time Warner Cable Business Class
Time Warner Cable Business Class, a division of Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC), offers a full complement of business communications tools to small-and medium-sized businesses and enterprise-sized companies. Its phone, Internet, Ethernet, cable TV and security solutions are enhanced by award-winning customer service and local support teams. Time Warner Cable Business Class was founded in 1998, offering high-speed Internet to small businesses. Today, it serves approximately 450,000 business customers throughout Time Warner Cable’s markets. For more information, please visit http://www.twcbc.com.
About Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation
RDRC is a 35-year-old nonprofit organization that provides services to the local community with the mission of removing barriers to economic growth, creating jobs, attracting business and assisting community residents in overcoming the community’s severe geographic and social isolation. The Rockaways is an 11-mile long stretch of land isolated from other parts of the City and has limited public transportation accessibility via bus and subway. The community is still recovering and rebuilding following being severely devastated by Super Storm Sandy.